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    Post  giovonni on Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:39 pm

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    The End of Health Insurance Companies

    This may be a voice blowing in the wind, or it may be the first signs of a trend to end the domination of the Illness Profit System.

    Ezekiel J. Emanuel is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. Jeffrey B. Liebman is a professor of public policy at Harvard. Both were advisers in the Obama administration.


    EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL and JEFFREY B. LIEBMAN - The New York Times

    Here’s a bold prediction for the new year. By 2020, the American health insurance industry will be extinct. Insurance companies will be replaced by accountable care organizations - groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who come together to provide the full range of medical care for patients.

    Already, most insurance companies barely function as insurers. Most non-elderly Americans - or 60 percent of Americans with employer-provided health insurance - work for companies that are self-insured. In these cases it is the employer, not the insurance company, that assumes most of the risk of paying for the medical care of employees and their families. All that insurance companies do is process billing claims.

    For individuals and small businesses, health insurance companies usually do provide insurance; they take a premium and assume financial responsibility for paying the bills. But the amount of risk sharing that is accomplished ...

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    Post  Jenetta on Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:31 pm

    giovonni wrote:What happened to Canada ? scratch

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    Canada: Climate Criminal

    SR reader Rex Weyler has written an excellent take on what is going on in Canada, a country being taken over by corporate interests. He told me, "Canada has gone for fascist right wing, Bush-Reagan-Thatcher style strong-arm corporate government. this is because Canada became a petrol-state .. like Nigeria .. the oil companies now run Canada -- Shell, Sinopec, Imperial, etc . -- mostly Chinese dollars to dig up tar sands to run china's power plants for next century.

    "But we are making huge progress in stopping ALL THREE major pipeline projects from the tar sands: Keystone, Enbridge, and Kinder Morgan. We're working closely with the First Nations in Canada. Oil companies have a lot of money, but not much soul."

    This is an example of what people can and must do if they wish to preserve a society focused on wellness instead of profit.

    REX WEYLER - Greenpeace

    At the dawn of the 21st century a new political regime has transformed Canada from global hero – once standing up for peace, people, and nature – to global criminal, plunging into war, eroding civil rights, and destroying environments.

    What happened to Canada? Oil. And not just any oil, but the world’s dirtiest, most destructive oil. Canada’s betrayal at the Durban climate talks – abandoning its Kyoto Accord commitments – is the direct effect of becoming a petro-state.

    By the late 20th century, oil companies knew that the world’s conventional oil fields were in decline and oil production would soon peak, which it did in 2005. These companies, including sovereign oil powers such as PetroChina, turned their attention to low-grade hydrocarbon deposits in shale gas, deep offshore fields, and Canada’s Alberta tar sands. Simultaneously, inside Canada, oil companies began promoting the political career of the son of an ...

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    Very good article Gio...yes we are working on these issues...few as we are against the many. I rue the day Canadians elected Harper for a second term...fortunately many did not vote for him and in this country we still do not have proportional representation. Harper has sold his soul to the Devil.

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    Post  giovonni on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:17 pm

    Thanks Jenneta ~ i hear ya and i am with ya ~ on all this my Friend Thubs Up

    God Bless America ~ Please Save Us From These Criminally Insane Politicians Mad

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    First - i heard of this Sunshine State's political craziness... Shocked

    Lets hope no Republican lawmakers get's the big squeeze and is swallowed up before election time. Rolling Eyes



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    Post  giovonni on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:36 pm

    Hmmm

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    "Whatever Mark Zuckerberg says about continuing to run the company for users, for employees, not for shareholders...
    it does mean there is a level of scrutiny and accountability not known in a private company."


    Facebook unveils $5bn stock market flotation plans

    The world's largest social networking site, Facebook, has announced plans for a stock market flotation...

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    Post  giovonni on Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:11 pm

    The Mother Earth Affect Big Grin 3



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    Mood-boosting Bacteria Found in Dirt

    Perhaps this is why gardeners to me have always seemed a notably serene group of people. It certainly has a strong and positive effect on Ronlyn, and several of my friends. I always thought it was just attuning oneself with nature and her processes that did it, and I am sure this is one powerful aspect. But this report suggests another I have never seen advanced before. Two of my friends, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, who wrote Secret Life of Plants, and Secrets of the Soil together, considered micro-organisms a critical secret of life processes. This seems to be another aspect of this secret world that is just unfolding.

    LYLAH M. ALPHONSE, Senior Editor - Shine

    Even if you don't love gardening, digging in the dirt may be good for your health -- and it has nothing to do with a love of nature or the wonder of watching things grow. The secret may be in the dirt itself: A bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae that acts like an antidepressant once it gets into your system.

    That's right. A living organism that acts like a mood-booster on the human brain, increasing serotonin and norepinephrine levels and making people feel happier. It was accidentally discovered about 10 years ago, when Dr. Mary O'Brien, an oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, tried an experimental treatment for lung cancer. She inoculated patients with killed M. vaccae, expecting the bacteria -- which is related to ones that cause tuberculosis and leprosy -- to boost their immune system. It did that, The Economist reported in 2007, but it also ...

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    Post  giovonni on Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:57 pm


    This is a amazing ...Though i sense at the rate things are changing - telepathy will be the new wave You have Mail

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    Science Decodes 'Internal Voices'


    This is another development in neuroscience that has both a side of light, and a side of deep darkness. The choice will be ours.

    JASON PALMER, Science and Technology Reporter - BBC News (U.K.)

    Researchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words.

    The technique reported in PLoS Biology relies on gathering electrical signals directly from patients' brains.

    Based on signals from listening patients, a computer model was used to reconstruct the sounds of words that patients were thinking of.

    The method may in future help comatose and locked-in patients communicate.

    Several approaches have in recent years suggested that scientists are closing in on methods to tap into our very thoughts; the current study achieved its result by implanting electrodes directly into a part of participants' brains.

    In a 2011 study, participants with electrodes in direct brain contact were able to move a cursor on a screen by simply thinking of vowel sounds.

    A technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging to track blood flow in the brain ...

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    Obama arriving at Andrews Air Force Base last week after a five-state trip. Obama and his advisers "are obviously part of the 1 percent," argues Fukuyama.

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    'Where Is the Uprising from the Left?'


    This is an exceptionally sound interview pointing out why we must re-examine our economic model that makes profit the first and most important priority. I urge you to read it carefully.


    HANS HOYNG and GREGOR PETER SCHMITZ, Interviewers - Der Spiegel (Germany)


    Political scientist Francis Fukuyama was once the darling of American neo-conservatives. In a SPIEGEL interview, the author of "The End of History" explains why he now believes that the excesses of capitalism are a threat to democracy and asks why there is no "Tea Party on the left."

    SPIEGEL: Professor Fukuyama, you are best known for your essay "The End of History," in which you declared that, after the demise of the Soviet Union, liberal democracy had emerged as the triumphant global model. Now, your latest research claims that the flaws of capitalism and globalization could endanger this democratic model. How do you explain this shift?

    Fukuyama: Capitalism is the wrong word to use here, because there is not a viable alternative to capitalism. What we are really talking about is just economic growth and the development of modern economic societies. A combination of factors is beginning to ...

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    Post  giovonni on Tue Feb 07, 2012 2:00 pm

    And we wonder why we might not be quite ready to be fully welcomed into the cosmic community ...



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    Victory in Sight for Revolution Over Female Genital Mutilation


    The awful practice of female genital mutilation is finally being changed at the level where it matters: cultural. This is wonderful news, particularly in this period when there is a war on women going on in much of the world, including the U.S.

    NINA LAKHANI - The Independent (UK)

    Amid the horrors surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM) there is a quiet revolution, which experts hope could lead to the eradication of the practice.

    Thousands of rural communities across Africa, which have practiced FGM for centuries, are starting to abandon the tradition in response to grass-roots education programmes. Analysts are even daring to talk of eradication within two generations – something that was unimaginable even five years ago.

    Another 2,000 communities in countries including Sudan, Somalia and Egypt rejected the practice in 2011.

    FGM is a harmful social convention in which part, or all, of a girl's external genitals are removed. Each year around three million girls – 8,000 a day – face FGM. An estimated 130 million girls and women are living with painful complications.

    FGM occurs within 28 African countries, but also the Middle East, in Yemen, Oman and UAE, and parts of Asia ...

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    Post  giovonni on Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:48 pm

    To continue operating these kinds of exhibitions is just plain morally wrong. Mad

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    SeaWorld Sued Over 'Enslaved' Killer Whales

    This has the potential to fundamentally alter our relationship with high order mammals. It is going to be very interesting to see where this goes. At one time I ran a marine survey and recovery project, which kept me at sea for much of two years. During that time we were adopted by a pod of dolphins in the Caribbean. The experience left me with the clear sense these were sentient beings.

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    Five killer whales have been named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit which argues they deserve the same constitutional protection from slavery as humans.

    A US judge is considering a complaint by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (Peta) against SeaWorld.

    It is reportedly the first time a US court has heard legal arguments over whether animals should enjoy the same constitutional protections as humans.

    SeaWorld's legal team said the case was a waste of time and resources.

    The marine park's lawyer, Theodore Shaw, told the court in San Diego: "Neither orcas nor any other animal were included in the 'We the people'... when the Constitution was adopted."

    He said that if the case were successful, it could have implications not just on how other marine parks or zoos operate, but even on the police use of sniffer dogs to detect bombs and drugs.
    'Historic ...

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    Post  giovonni on Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:55 pm

    For those who are not familiar with this next story...


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz9bukWbCCU


    This technology seems to be progressing quite well ... Thubs Up

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    Rossi’s Ex-Partners to Release an Improved Version of LENR for Testing

    Rossi's e-Cat is not the only LENR technology out there. His ex-partners have their own version, and there are others. I continue to think this may be the game changer. I track this from many sources, but I am particularly interested in the fact that OilPrice pays so much attention to this technology. If I were in the oil business I certainly would be keeping close tabs.

    BRIAN WESTENHAUS - OilPrice

    The Praxen Defkalion Green Technologies Global Ltd. (PDGT) firm that was and then wasn’t a partner with Andrea Rossi in marketing the E-Cat LENR reactor has announced the permitting of third party evaluations of their product named 'Hyperion”. PDGT had for a time an opportunity to learn what Rossi has accomplished and since is proposing they have a different take on LENR and are now ready to cooperate with recognized and reputable scientific and business organizations to test and evaluate the Hyperion reactor.

    Back at the end of November PDGT offered news that a series of third party tests on Hyperion products were scheduled to be performed within the first months of 2012. That test proceeding is being handled privately and was to take place after a certification of some kind.

    The new announcement is a major confidence builder as the firm is offering qualified engineers ...

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    Post  giovonni on Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:50 pm

    It's kind of like wood putty ...



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    UGA Discovery Uses ‘Fracture Putty’ to Repair Broken Bone in Days

    This is very good news. If you have ever broken a major bone, or been close to someone who has, you can immediately appreciate the implications.

    FAITH PEPPERS - University of Georgia

    ATHENS, Georgia -- Broken bones in humans and animals are painful and often take months to heal. Studies conducted in part by University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center researchers show promise to significantly shorten the healing time and revolutionize the course of fracture treatment.

    "Complex fractures are a major cause of amputation of limbs for U.S. military men and women," said Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, animal and dairy scientist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and director of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center.

    "For many young soldiers, their mental health becomes a real issue when they are confined to a bed for three to six months after an injury," he said. "This discovery may allow them to be up and moving as fast as days afterward."

    Stice is working with Dr. John Peroni to develop a fast bone healing process. ...

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    Congress Demands Drones Over America

    I waited a couple of days to let this sort out, to see if a clarification might be forthcoming modifying it. No such luck. By anyone of a dozen measures, we are becoming a police state. It is astonishing to watch how quickly and easily it is falling into place. And it is going to involve a level of surveillance I don't think people really understand yet, because it is so pervasive and personal. You are going to be appearing dozens if not hundreds of times each day in government and corporate databases.

    HARLEY GEIGER - Aviation Pros/Center for Democracy & Technology

    Congress is demanding drones in the air over the United States - without considering the civil liberties issues. Within the span of three days last week, the House and then the Senate passed a law - H.R. 658 - requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up, within 90 days, its current licensing process for government use of drones domestically and to open the national airspace to drone aircraft for commercial and private use by October 2015. While the law requires the FAA to develop guidance on drone safety, the law says absolutely nothing about the privacy or transparency implications of filling the sky with flying robots.

    As CDT and others have pointed out, drones are powerful surveillance devices capable of being outfitted with facial recognition cameras, license plate scanners, thermal imaging cameras, open WiFi sniffers, and other sensors. Drones' unique ability to hover hundreds or thousands of ...

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    Voters Are Gung-Ho for Use of Drones But Not Over the United States

    It will be interesting to see whether what the American population thinks and wants makes any difference to the Congress and the DHS. I wouldn't bet the rent it will have any impact whatever. I chose this poll because Rasmussen is known to be a Republican leaning polling entity.

    Click through to see the actual poll and its wording.


    Rasmussen Reports

    Voters strongly approve of President Obama's decision to use unmanned drones to go after terrorists, but they're much less excited about the use of such aircraft for surveillance on the home front.

    The president recently acknowledged that the United States has a secret drone program for killing al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, and the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just nine percent (9%) of Likely U.S. Voters oppose such a program. Seventy-six percent (76%) approve of the use of the unmanned aircraft to kill terrorists. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The program has already caused increased diplomatic tensions with Pakistan over the unintended deaths of civilians from the drone strikes. Still, a plurality (49%) of voters thinks using the drones to kill terrorists is more important than avoiding diplomatic problems with countries like Pakistan. Thirty-three percent ...

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    Group Forces Congressional Hearing On Big Sis’ Twitter, Drudge Spying

    The reach of DHS, even now is Orwellian -- and I will probably be put on some list for saying this. As a culture we are going to have to decide whether we will surrender to constant surveillance, or whether we are going to assert our personal liberties in a politically effective manner.

    The only counterweight to this toxic trend is massive voter turnout on behalf of programs and politicians that support social wellness. The key is to focus on social wellness, based on data not ideology of theology.


    STEVE WATSON - InfoWars.com

    A privacy advocacy group has swayed Congress to hold a hearing next week into the Department of Homeland Security’s practice of monitoring social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as media reports and organizations, including The Drudge Report.

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently obtained close to 300 pages of documents, as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, detailing the federal agency’s 'intelligence gathering” practices on the web.

    Among the documents were guidelines from DHS instructing outside contractors to monitor the web for media reports and comments that 'reflect adversely” on the agency or the federal government.

    As Reuters reported last month, in early 2010 contractors were asked to spend 24 hours monitoring news media coverage on popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, WikiLeaks, as well as news sites including the Huffington Post and The Drudge Report.

    The contractors were required...

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    Post  giovonni on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:37 pm

    From giovonni ...

    i decided to post this next video as a balancing eye opener (in correlation) in accompanying this most recent news story:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsiv9_zxRuI

    " allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" Description: I decided to interview my raw milk provider, Mark Lopez of Wholesome Dairy Farms to get some answers on raw milk production, benefits and practices.
    Feel free to visit www.WholesomeDairyFarms.com for more images and videos on milk production."
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    Unfortunately...
    "By crossing state lines, the milk became part of interstate commerce and thus subject to the FDA's ban."

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    Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

    The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines and he told his customers he would shut down his farm altogether.

    The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children...

    read more http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/13/feds-shut-down-amish-farm-selling-fresh-milk/



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    Misery in Athens ...

    'New Poor' Grows From Greek Middle Class


    This tragic story illustrates a powerful trend: the destruction of the middle class. The Greek story I think particularly important, and I am struck by its comparison with the story of Iceland, where the citizens said, No, we are not going to bail out the banks; we are not going to destroy our middle class. And despite pressure from governments and banks around the world they held true to this through two referendums. Today, just a few years later, Iceland is beginning to prosper again. In contrast Greece has been bullied into drinking the bitter medicine, and may take a generation or more to recover.

    JOHANNES KORGE and FERRY BATZOGLOU - Der Spiegel (Germany)

    If this crisis has reached Piraeus, then it's done a good job of hiding itself. Even on this cold February night, the luxury cars are lined up outside the chic, waterfront fish restaurants in this port suburb of Athens. But Leonidas Koutikas knows where to look. Not even 50 meters off the main promenade, around two corners, misery is everywhere. Koutikas finds a family of five living behind a tangled tent that has been attached to the wall of an apartment building.

    Koutikas and his colleagues from the aid organization Klimaka are expected. They hand out their care packages here every night. "Each day the list of those in need gets longer," Koutikas says. He speaks from experience. Until recently, the 48-year-old was sleeping on the streets himself.

    Athens has always had a problem with homelessness, like any other major city. But the financial and debt crises have ...

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    Post  giovonni on Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:26 pm

    In the United States ...

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    How Much Do We Spend on the Nonworking Poor?

    Another one of the delusions of the Theocratic Right dissolves like a fog. The next time a conservative talks about supporting all the "lazy poor" you might cite this.

    KEVIN DRUM - Mother Jones

    The Republican primary field has recently decided to revive the Welfare Queen trope, perhaps in hopes that a bit of that old Reagan magic will rub off on them. The argument, as usual, is that there's a vast stream of federal money going to people who are sitting on their asses eating Cheetos instead of going out and earning a living instead. These people are being bred into dependence on Uncle Sam's tit and having their work ethics destroyed.

    So the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities decided to add up the numbers and figure out how much money the federal government spends on the nonworking poor. The answer: about 10 percent of all federal welfare spending. How did they come up with that? CBPP's methodology uses census data to figure out exactly where program dollars are going, but you can get pretty much the same answer using a ...

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    Reading Arabic 'Different' for the Brain, New Study Suggests



    When I read this I was reminded of a mass experiment on remote viewing I did in Japan. In preparation for it, I worked with a number of neurosciences and learned that the Japanese process language in a different part of the brain than Western cultures. When I asked why, I was told that it was thought to have developed because of culture and language. Japanese uniquely is a language in which the level of status and intimacy can be altered in mid-sentence as one looks at the other person judging their reaction. That requires a level of analytical self-awareness not experienced by speakers of Western languages.

    Science Daily

    Arabic readers recognize words in a different way from readers of other languages, a new study suggests.

    This doctoral research at the University of Leicester is analyzing the reading differences of individuals as well as across languages -- and has shown dissimilarities in how Arabic readers recognize words.

    Conducted by Abubaker Almabruk from the School of Psychology, the study has shown there are clear differences in how the right and left sides of the brain recognize Arabic words.

    Almabruk's study is one of the first to examine the cognitive and physiological processes underlying word recognition and reading in Arabic, providing important insight into the effects of direction of reading, the form of the script and the construction of the language.

    His research reveals the intricacies of an everyday behaviour that most people find relatively easy and will help explain why some people find it difficult to read and provide insights into how these difficulties might be remedied.

    Almabruk commented: "Differences in left and right brain function influence the recognition of words each side of where a reader is looking on a page but only when these words are outside of central vision -- this reveals both left/right brain specialization for reading and evidence that the two halves of the brain collaborate when making sense of words in central vision. Native Arabic readers recognize Arabic words most efficiently when they fixate these words at their very centre."

    "This shows that where we look in a word is very important for reading and the findings for Arabic are different from findings for English and other western languages, which are read most efficiently by looking at a location between the beginning and middle of the word."

    On the possible causes for the reading differences, he said that "this might have happened because Arabic is read from right to left and words are formed from cursive text (i.e., the letters in Arabic naturally join together, even in printed formats, much like hand-written text in English)."

    Dr Kevin Paterson from the School of Psychology added: "Arabic is one of the oldest and most beautiful languages, and the second-most widely used language in the world, yet how it is read and understood has received surprisingly little attention. The experimental approach that Abubaker has taken in his research promises to reveal a huge amount about how this language and other languages are read and understood."

    This research is being presented at the Festival of Postgraduate Research on Thursday, June 16. The annual one-day exhibition of postgraduate research offers organizations and the public the opportunity to meet the next generation of innovators and cutting-edge researchers. More than 50 University of Leicester students will explain the real world implications of their research in an engaging and accessible way.


    Source : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110518080109.htm
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    Post  giovonni on Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:17 pm

    Here's a very special treat...

    Some ketch-up with futurist Stephan A. Schwartz Double Thumbs Up

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    Non-Local Consciousness Stephan Schwartz CoastoCoast

    2/13/2012


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lhquxyWY4c&feature=uploademail

    Futurist and researcher in non-local consciousness, Stephan Schwartz, http://www.stephanaschwartz.com/
    discussed remote viewing, meditation, dreams and how changes in the Earth's geomagnetic field influence our consciousness and creativity. He credited non-local consciousness as the part of the mind that experiences intuition, facilitates remote viewing and may even be what survives after death. Marveling at the advancements of science in understanding this non-local consciousness over the last 40 years, Schwartz mused that "we are approaching a view of the world that shamanism arrived at through meticulous observation, where the observer was the instrument."

    He stressed meditation as a key tool in learning to access non-local consciousness. Schwartz explained that this is because the practice teaches one to focus their intention. If you have the ability to focus intention, he said, "you can learn very quickly to open to this part of yourself." Additionally, Schwartz said that there is growing evidence that meditation has a physical effect on the brain. He cited a study which showed that, by meditating for as little as 11 total hours, the practice will result in parts of the brain actually getting larger. For more of Schwartz's insights into meditation, including some remommended techniques, see his paper http://www.explorejournal.com/article/S1550-8307%2811%2900236-9/abstract
    on the subject.

    According to Schwartz, the Earth's geomagnetic field is another element which plays a role in non-local consciousness. He explained that, during periods of weak solar activity when the field is calm, it becomes easier to access this aspect of the mind. In turn, he said, there is an observable increase in creative output from people which is demonstrated by surges in patents, books, and records. Should that calm extend over a lengthier period of time, Schwartz surmised, enormous change can occur. "When you see it played out across millions and millions of people, each of whom is slightly altered as a result of this, you can see how it has an effect at the social level," he said, suggesting that the Renaissance and the Enlightenment may have been fueled by this phenomenon.

    During the evening, Schwartz also performed a remote viewing experiment with George and the listeners. The object was not the point of the experiment here is the object, look at what you drew, draw with your eyes open too! https://twitter.com/#!/coasttocoastam/status/169414044883750913/photo/1/large...

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    here's a recent paper article ...

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    The Perfect Storm, The Rise of Localism, and its Effects on National Wellness
    STEPHAN A. SCHWARTZ, Columnist - Explore


    By any one of several dozen measures - here are three:
    •Healthcare-37th in the world

    •Maternal Mortality-31st in the world

    •Prison Population-1st in the world

    -the United States is a society of ailing communities. Our national wellness is poor, and this condition exists
    and is growing just as the country and the world are entering into a perfect storm of transition.
    Here are just a few of the trends I see:
    •Climate change, sea level rise, and associated extreme weather events

    •The green transition out of the Age of Petroleum into an environment of nonpolluting energy

    •The Decline of the American economic empire

    •A destabilizing disparity in wealth and a increasingly alienated 99%.

    •A population declining in education and even literacy

    •A crumbling Illness Profit System

    •The breakdown of American Justice

    •A growing and regionally based schism fracturing the culture ...

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    This is so unbelievable... i am utterly appalled reading about this...

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    Virginia Poised To Enact ‘State-Sponsored Rape’ Law Forcing Women To Be Vaginally Probed Before Abortions

    There is something sick about the Theocratic Right's views of sexuality. This bill, which was introduced by a conservative Republic woman legislator, let it be noted, is so vile I hardly know what to say. The probe that would be employed is a shaft rather like a dildo about 12-inches long. Bear in mind, also, that this is a completely medically useless procedure, and that this was explained to the legislators. This is entirely an act designed to punish and humiliate women in Virginia who dare to exercise their right of choice. Look at the quoted statements of some of the male legislators.

    I do offer this: In Virginia, before a man can get a Viagra prescription a parallel law should be passed requiring him to undergo a manual proctology exam.


    IAN MILLHISER - Think Progress

    Earlier this month, a bill requiring women to receive an ultrasound before they can receive an abortion passed the Virginia senate, and it recently cleared a state house committee with an overwhelming majority. As Dahlia Lithwick explains, the effect of this bill would be to force most women to undergo a stunningly invasive procedure for no medical reason whatsoever. 'Because the great majority of abortions occur during the first 12 weeks, that means most women will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced.”

    In case Lithwick’s description doesn’t completely drive home what this means, here is a depiction of the procedure that women would be forced to endure under the Virginia bill:

    Simply put, it is difficult to distinguish a law requiring women to be vaginally penetrated by a ...


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    Note - today i will post two related stories from the Schwartz Report Thubs Up

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    Roundup in City-dwellers' Urine

    You can hardly find this story even being mentioned in the corporate media, and I guess that tells you all you need to know.

    By now one would think it was obvious to the dullest mind that Monsanto is conducting a massive planetary wide series of drug trials to see what happens when the human body is assaulted by its pesticides, herbicides, and GMO grains. One imagines there would be a huge outcry, in response to everyone being turned into a lab rat. But there isn't. There is a bovine quality to the American public that just astonishes me.



    Institute for Responsible Technology

    Studies have already found Monsanto's toxic herbicide Roundup in groundwater, in streams, and even in the rain and air of US agricultural areas. It's been found in our blood and even crosses the placental barrier to enter our unborn fetuses. So are we surprised that a German university study has now found significant concentrations of Roundup's main ingredient glyphosate in the urine of city dwellers?

    Perhaps we should be surprised at the amount: all the samples had concentrations of glyphosate at 5 to 20 times the limit for drinking water.

    Roundup is used on railway lines, urban pavements, and roadsides. It's used to dry down grain crops before harvest. But the single greatest use of Roundup is on genetically engineered "Roundup Ready" crops - designed not to die when sprayed with the poison.

    Wouldn't it be good if we too were Roundup Ready, so we wouldn't get ...

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    France Seeks to Cut Pesticide Use in Half

    The French, who Americans love to scorn, have the best healthcare in the world, and are one of the few countries to take on Big Agra, and Big Pharm to stop the GMO, and pesticide/herbicide onslaught. I think we should clone a little of their spine. Oops, I forgot, we have hobbled our stem cell research to satisfy the Theocratic Rightists. No cloning like that anytime soon. And, anyway, Monsanto herbicide Atrazine turns male frogs into females, and no one has any idea what it does to humans, so our lack of spine may be the least of our problems.

    TOM PHILPOTT - Mother Jones

    Over in France, a farmer has successfully sued Monsanto for pesticide poisoning. The farmer claims he suffered a raft of neurological troubles after inhaling the agrochemical giant's Lasso herbicide while cleaning his sprayer in 2004. The court's ruling against Monsanto "could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides," according to Reuters.

    All very interesting, but what caught my eye was this background bit toward the end of the story:

    France, the EU's largest agricultural producer, is now targeting a 50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in 2008-2010.

    Wait, France has a national policy in place to slash pesticide use within less than a decade? That's news to me. So I did a little digging and found that back in 2008, the French government rolled out ...

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    Post  mudra on Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:28 pm

    I do not know if the following is a trend that will affect our future but I certainly do hope so Wink

    Nothing is written

    My all-time favourite film is "Lawrence Of Arabia" and, if I have a favourite scene from the movie, then I guess it is the one of Lawrence's triumphal return from the Nefud desert, having gone back to rescue the Arab Gasim. The crossing of the Nefud desert is considered impossible, even by the local Arabs, but Lawrence persuades them that, in this way, they can take the Turkish port at Aqaba from the rear.

    Having carried out the superhuman feat of traversing this furnace, it is discovered that one of the Arabs, Gasim, has fallen off his camel and is no doubt dying somewhere back in the desert. Lawrence is told that any idea of rescue is futile and, in any event, Gasim's death is "written". When Lawrence achieves the impossible and returns with Gasim still alive, Sherif Ali admits to him: "Truly, for some men nothing is written unless they write it".

    As an impressionable teenager when this film was first released, I was stunned by Lawrence's courage and unselfishness in going back into the hell of the Nefud to attempt to find a man he hardly knew among the vast expanse of a fiery terrain and I was so moved by the sense of purpose of a man who is determined to take nothing as "written" but to shape his own destiny. This sense of anti-determinism and this belief that anything is possible has stayed with me always and continues to inspire me in small ways and large.

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    Perfect' Transistor Built From a Single Atom

    A whole new age of electronics is poised to begin, and the research described in this report is part of it.
    It is hard to remain sensitive to how quickly things have changed. It was only a short while ago that televisions didn't have clickers, phones had dials, and there was no web. Imagine that.

    EMMA WOOLLACOTT - TG Daily

    Physicists have created a working transistor using only a single phosphorus atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal.

    The development could mark a big step towards quantum computing. While single-atom transistors have been produced before, it's been by chance, with researchers either searching
    through many devices or tuning multi-atom devices to isolate one that works.

    "But this device is perfect", says Professor Michelle Simmons, group leader and director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication at the University of New South Wales.

    "This is the first time anyone has shown control of a single atom in a substrate with this level of precise accuracy."

    The device even has tiny visible markers etched onto its surface so researchers can connect metal contacts and apply a voltage.
    "Our group has proved that it is really possible to position one ...

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    mudra wrote:I do not know if the following is a trend that will affect our future but I certainly do hope so Wink

    Nothing is written

    My all-time favourite film is "Lawrence Of Arabia" and, if I have a favourite scene from the movie, then I guess it is the one of Lawrence's triumphal return from the Nefud desert, having gone back to rescue the Arab Gasim. The crossing of the Nefud desert is considered impossible, even by the local Arabs, but Lawrence persuades them that, in this way, they can take the Turkish port at Aqaba from the rear.

    Having carried out the superhuman feat of traversing this furnace, it is discovered that one of the Arabs, Gasim, has fallen off his camel and is no doubt dying somewhere back in the desert. Lawrence is told that any idea of rescue is futile and, in any event, Gasim's death is "written". When Lawrence achieves the impossible and returns with Gasim still alive, Sherif Ali admits to him: "Truly, for some men nothing is written unless they write it".

    As an impressionable teenager when this film was first released, I was stunned by Lawrence's courage and unselfishness in going back into the hell of the Nefud to attempt to find a man he hardly knew among the vast expanse of a fiery terrain and I was so moved by the sense of purpose of a man who is determined to take nothing as "written" but to shape his own destiny. This sense of anti-determinism and this belief that anything is possible has stayed with me always and continues to inspire me in small ways and large.

    Author: Roger Darlington

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    Thanks Mudra ...

    i totally agree... his life's spirit Spiritual was (and still is) an inspiration to the humans living upon this plane cheers


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    Post  giovonni on Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:42 pm

    i don't totally buy into this fear thing... i believe (all humans) have the capacity to heal not only themselves, but also all the ills that beset this planet we live on...
    By the sheer belief's in the thoughts we create.

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    Experts Fear Diseases 'impossible to Treat'

    This is not a natural development but one brought on by hubris and greed. The overuse of antibiotics in both medicine and agriculture and animal husbandry has accelerated the evolution of bacteria. Similar problems -- unwise use of technologies that alter lifeforms -- is already occurring with GMO crops.

    JEREMY LAURANCE - The Independent (UK)

    Britain is facing a "massive" rise in antibiotic-resistant blood poisoning caused by the bacterium E.coli – bringing closer the spectre of diseases that are impossible to treat.

    Experts say the growth of antibiotic resistance now poses as great a threat to global health as the emergence of new diseases such as Aids and pandemic flu.

    Professor Peter Hawkey, a clinical microbiologist and chair of the Government's antibiotic-resistance working group, said that antibiotic resistance had become medicine's equivalent of climate change.

    The "slow but insidious growth" of resistant organisms was threatening to turn common infections into untreatable diseases, he said. Already, an estimated 25,000 people die each year in the European Union from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

    "It is a worldwide issue – there are no boundaries," he said. "We have very good policies on the use of antibiotics in man and in animals in the UK. But ...

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    300,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto in Federal Court: Decision on March 31st to Go to Trial

    The GMO movement is perhaps the leading example in our culture of how the greed of a single corporation can destabilize an entire ecosystem, thus effecting the lives of millions; all so a small group of people already rich can get richer.

    JANE AYERS - Nation of Change

    Little did Willie Nelson know when he recorded 'Crazy” years ago just how crazy it would become for our cherished family farmers in America. Nelson, President of Farm Aid, has recently called for the national Occupy movement to declare an 'Occupy the Food System” action.

    Nelson states, 'Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil…”

    Hundreds of citizens, (even including NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Occupy the Food System groups, ie Food Democracy Now, gathered outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on January 31st, to support organic family farmers in their landmark lawsuit against Big Agribusiness giant Monsanto. (Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association v. Monsanto) Oral arguments were heard that day concerning the lawsuit by 83 plaintiffs representing over 300,000 organic farmers, organic seed growers, and organic seed ...

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